Upset. Boredom. Irritation. Frustration. These emotions are all part of the human experience. We often encounter these states when things do not go as we wish. We may get upset when we don’t have what we want in life. We may get bored when daily life becomes patterned & repetitive. We may get irritated when people in our lives do not respond as we envision, or react in a supportive way, or simply just “be” who we want them to be. Frustration can mount which can create blocks in our own growth. How do we transform & transcend this?
In several of the meditations on the First Journey of the 21 Stages Course, the idea is to stir up the emotion so that it can be recognized, somatically felt & then potentially cleared. That may sound odd – “why do I want to sit in frustration or irritation when I am meditating? Isn’t meditation supposed to be blissful?” Well, for most of us, we have some work to do before we sit in bliss! We have to just be human and experience states like upset, irritation, frustration & anger in order to transform ourselves. In the process we continue to familiarize ourselves with our Higher Selves. It’s a journey and one that is circular not linear, as these emotions come & go throughout a lifetime.
In the journey of meditation, we work on non-attachment. How do we loosen the grip on the things we grasp for in life? The environments, the circumstances, the people we think we need? As we develop as meditators, the spaces between the thoughts expand. This is the seat of our Creative Consciousness. As we become more familiar & comfortable with this Seat, we sense the Divine Guidance there and we begin to see what Creator has intended for us. This always has a higher frequency than our attachments to what we effort towards.
Strong emotions carry a lot of energy. Patience is key in transforming them. How do we cultivate patience? We eat sattvic foods, we breath consciously, we engage in mudras & drist, we chant, we surround ourselves with like-hearted people. Slowly & patiently, (or sometimes not so slowly!), we increase our frequency and develop more of a capacity to manage our emotional selves. What follows is more joy, creativity & peace.
Kundalini Yoga carries the technology to develop what is needed to transform into all we were meant to be. It helps us to recognize the ego as it arises and we become less reactive to it. In this undertaking, we can shift into a state of flow, trusting the Divine Guidance has no agenda other than support for the development of our best Selves.
So don’t numb yourself, run away, sweep things under the rug or even ignore unpleasant emotions. They will only remain stagnant. See them, feel them & experience them – that is the path to Transformation. I invite you to take this Journey of 21 Stages and allow its offerings to potentially change your life. Sat Nam!
Puranpreet Kaur, E-RYT 500
Kundalini Yoga Teacher & Trainer